Selfless Indian volunteers set up a home delivery service for people who can’t afford essentials because of the pandemic
- Nirankari Mission Australia and India Support Centre are helping the vulnerable
- COVID-19 left nearly a million Australians out of work, leaving many struggling
- The two organisations are donating groceries and essentials for people in need
- Donations are going to students, families, essential workers and COVID patients
Two volunteer organisations have offered their support to community members in need because of the coronavirus pandemic by offering generous donations.
The Nirankari Mission Australia and India Support Centre have started support projects for vulnerable Australians who have fallen on hard times amid COVID-19.
Thousands of businesses were forced to close due to restrictions over the past few months, leaving nearly a million Aussies out of work.
Vonunteers from the Nirankari Mission Australia transporting essential supplies for people who are struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic
Sunny Duggal has been working with the Nirankari Mission to provide groceries to families in need across Victoria.
‘Nirankari Mission has always inspired me and my family to come forward to help and support the wider community in need, irrespective of the faith or background,’ he told SBS Punjabi.
The organisation has donated several tons of groceries across the state to vulnerable people including international students, coronavirus sufferers and essential workers.
The support program will continue into the future as Victoria grapples with the end of the second wave of COVID-19.
Mr Duggal said the second wave shattered the hopes of many of the organisations clients, but is optimistic for the future with restrictions slowly easing.
‘During this second wave of COVID-19, our mission arranged and distributed further 3 tones of groceries to the badly affected community members and this support is still ongoing,’ he said.
Mr Duggal works with 25 other volunteers in the delivery service which provides food items including snacks, drinks and supplies like toiletries.
He is appealing for volunteers to join the delivery service or to refer those in need to the organisation to extend the reach of their service.
COVID-19 left nearly a million Australians out of work, leaving many struggling for essential items and sparking volunteer groups like Nirankari Mission Australia to step up
The organisation have also partnered with Mental Health Organisation for a meal drive that donates more than 800 meals to needy clients every day.
Indian Support Centre are conducting a similar service in Sydney and have offered free groceries to people from CALD backgrounds to collect from their office at 2 Lane Street in Wentworthville.
Mr Duggal worked with emergency responders to give donations during the horrific bushfire season last year.
He said the coronavirus donation campaign highlighted the depths of many people’s struggles from a lack of income amid the deadly disease.
‘I got many messages from the community especially from the students saying that we are left with no money at all, we have groceries that would last for only two days, and some told me that we have only salt and water left with us to survive,’ he said.
The generous donations are going to students, families, essential workers and COVID patients